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Hon. Michael Griffith Named Co-Chair of the NYS Family Violence Task Force

Friday, March 17, 2006

  • Organization: NYS Unified Court System
  • Source: New York > Family Justice/DV

New York State Contact:
Unified Court System David Bookstaver or Mai Yee
Hon. Jonathan Lippman (212) 428-2500
Chief Administrative Judge www.nycourts.gov/press

Date: March 17, 2006

NEW YORK-Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye today announced the appointment of Hon. Michael F. Griffith as co-chair of the Family Violence Task Force. The statewide Task Force was appointed by Chief Judge Kaye and former Chief Administrative Judge E. Leo Milonas in 1994 to educate and train judges regarding the complex issues of family violence and to make the court system respond more effectively to problems of family violence. It is composed of judges representing courts of all levels from all parts of New York State, as well as legal practitioners experienced with family law matters. The Task Force presents training programs throughout the year for judges and court personnel to educate them on domestic violence issues as they relate to court proceedings.

Judge Griffith will be co-chairing the task force along with Hon. Sondra Miller, former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division. In his new position, Judge Griffith succeeds Hon. Anthony V. Cardona, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department.

"Judge Griffith has expansive experience with family violence issues both as a judge and formerly as an attorney," said Chief Judge Kaye. "He was instrumental in helping to establish the Integrated Domestic Violence Court in the Eighth Judicial District, as well as the Family Treatment Court and Youth Courts, and has been extremely active in this area of law, lecturing frequently on these topics and as well training others. I am confident that under the leadership of Judge Griffith and longtime co-chair Justice Sondra Miller, the Family Violence Task Force will continue to make headway in this most critical area, to the benefit of children and families throughout New York."

Judge Kaye added, "I would like to express my deep gratitude to Anthony Cardona for his dedication and decade-long stewardship over the Family Violence Task Force. Judge Cardona was one of its founding members and original co-chairs and unquestionably has given much of himself towards its mission of helping the court system do its part in fighting the scourge of domestic violence."

A graduate of Toledo Law School and the University of Bridgeport, Judge Griffith has been a multi-jurisdictional judge in Wyoming County since 1992, handling County Court, Surrogate's Court and primarily Family Court matters. From 1984 to 1991, he served as the Wyoming County District Attorney, after several years as an Assistant Public Defender and while also conducting a private practice that emphasized family law. He has served as the Supervising Judge of Family Courts in the Eighth Judicial District since 2003. Judge Griffith has been deeply involved in the establishment of Youth Courts, Family Treatment Courts and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts and is a seasoned presenter for training seminars for judges, police departments and attorneys on a variety of subjects. He is married and the father of four children.

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